This is the blog/website of Dr Evan Smith. I am currently a Visiting Adjunct Fellow in the School of History and International Relations at Flinders University, South Australia. Between 2013 and 2015, I was a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies at Flinders University. I have previously held research positions at the Australian Institute of Criminology and the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research.

I have a PhD in History on the Communist Party of Great Britain and anti-racist politics in the post-war period from the Department of History at Flinders University. I have published widely on British leftist politics, anti-racism in Britain and the British immigration control system, and am branching out into transnational labour and post-imperial history.

My current research project is an examination of the networks of solidarity built between the Communist Parties in Britain, South Africa and Australia between the 1920s and the 1960s, and how this informed their anti-colonial and anti-racist politics.

For 2009-2010, I was a Fellow with the Australian Prime Ministers Centre at Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra. My research project has been looking at how the Australian Government has viewed and reacted to protest in Canberra since the 1970s.

In October 2011 I was awarded the inaugural David Phillips Travelling Fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities. This helped fund a research trip to the UK in June-July 2012, for a research project on the intersection between national and border security in Britain in the 1970s.

As well as academic research, I have a long-standing interest in DIY culture, particularly the creation of zines. I was an active zinester from 1997 to 2007 and one day, I would like to write some academic stuff on zines and zine history.

If you have any connected research interests, please get in touch.



  1. Hello, just wanted to let you know that this is far and away the best blog description I have encountered in my long history of… reading blog descriptions. its so lovely to encounter academics who not only have similar research interests as me but also have the same passion for inter-Thatcher years UK bands and zine-making as I do. Best of luck to you, if you’re ever in Montreal, don’t be shy.

  2. I have only just come across this excellent website and blog. I am not a historian, just an old grump but I needed to check on the three day week (yes I was there, trying to help during yet another energy crisis) and up came this “hatful”. I am sure I shall refer to this often, now that I have found it. Thank you for getting these facts about “recent now” onto the record in this way. I have already found further information I want to follow on here – about UK border control policies and enforcements.
    A very appreciative Polly

  3. Evan
    I am keen to read your piece about Southall 1979. I am a Wellington NZ based teacher with a particular interest in Southall, as I have a relative who was with 1 Unit SPG on the day. I have poured through the documents released by the MPS in 2010/11. Do you have a published work I could consult?

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